Dear Friends of Heart 2 Hart Detroit,
One of the recipients of a monthly bus pass is Driss, who is homeless. Earlier this year, we met him in the parking lot at St Peter’s Episcopal Church on Michigan Ave. A simple request for bandaids, and shoes blossomed into a real relationship over the last 7 months. We’ve assisted him with clothes, monthly bus passes, helped him get a job in the foodservice industry, and also provided a week-long stay at a motel when he started a job.
Our friend Robin who currently works part-time at Eastern Market unloading trucks also receives a monthly bus pass that helps him with his commute to work. Prior to receiving the monthly bus pass, Robin was walking over 3 miles a day to work.
As we near the end of 2021, we are writing to you in hopes of shedding some light on the impact your donations have had, as we approach the finale to our 9th year in servicing the homeless and needy men and women of Detroit.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this year, our team drove the streets of Detroit assisting the homeless and those in need with a healthy lunch, clothing, hygiene products and other requested items or assistance. We try to fulfill all the needs our friends inquire about, big or small. Some of the fulfilled requests were as small as providing highlighters, pens, notepads and lotion. Others were larger, like providing tents, we helped people pay their rent, or even providing the funds to help someone bury a loved one. We treat each person’s request with the same level of importance.
We continue to build meaningful relationships with many of the people we see weekly. Having conversations with them, and conveying our deep interest in their well-being, is a key component to Heart 2 Hart Detroit’s mission.
Over this last year, donations have helped us provide:
- 12,500 healthy lunches
- 5,000 pairs of socks
- 4,000 PPE items (masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and wipes)
- 1,200 pairs of underwear
- 7,000 hygiene products
- 1,500 hourly/monthly bus passes
- 2,000 clothing items